Oral history interview of Paul Czigan. Interview conducted by Alexia Wallace at Osceola Square Mall.
0:21 When and why he joined; 3:43 First thing learned once in the Navy; 5:40 What he missed the most; 7:40 War and battles seen/served; 12:10 How long he served and what took place after; (Part 2) 0:10 Most beautiful thing seen while in the Navy; 1:05 Scariest thing experienced while in Navy; 4:15 What changed the most while in the Navy; 8:10 Something learned from soldiers; 12:15 Different cultures experienced while in Navy.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Persian Gulf War
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Fleet Religious Support Activity; USS Caloosahatchee, 2nd Marine Air Wing, USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
Location of Service
Norfolk (Va.); Cherry Point (N.C.); Okinawa (Japan); British Indian Ocean Territory; Diego Garcia
Lieutenant Commander; LCDR
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal
See video for details.
Support of Gulf Operation preparing for Kuwaiti Freedom on Diego Garcia; Patrol of Gulf in No Fly Zone/ Libya 1984
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Osceola Square Mall.
Czigan, Paul; Persian Gulf War Era, 1990-2003 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Navy
Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
Contributor Affiliation / Organization
RICHES; University of Central Florida
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Paul, Czigan, "Czigan, Paul interview" (2011). Veterans Oral Histories. 32.